Many of our customers stop into our store wanting to purchase a digital piano. Some have a child who is wanting to learn how to play the piano, some took lessons long ago and want to start again, and some simply don’t have space for a traditional piano. While there are many options available, I want to dive into two of our Yamaha entry-level digital pianos that we simply can’t keep in stock:
Pretty similar, right?
Sort of, but….WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THESE KEYBOARDS?
Let’s talk about some of the features that both keyboards share, then we can explore the differences. First, the Yamaha P-45 and the Yamaha P-125 are both lightweight, portable, entry-level keyboards that REALLY deliver when it comes to the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. They are also quite affordable and never require tuning! Both digital pianos feature Yamaha’s graded hammer standard (GHS) keyboard, which means your lower bass notes feel a bit heavier when you play, and the higher treble parts feel lighter. Granted, if you are a professional pianist and are looking at one of these keyboards as your primary piano, you may want to look at Yamaha’s full product line to better suit your needs:
Price:Did I mention the price? For an 88-key weighted portable keyboard with Yamaha’s signature sound sampling, built-in metronome, extra voices and transposing capability, you really can’t go wrong with either one! The Yamaha P-45 and P-125 are Yamaha’s lowest-cost 88-note, weighted-key digital pianos that Yamaha offers.
The P-45 is $549.99 (not including accessories) and the P-125 is $699.99 (not including accessories).
As a rule of thumb when it comes to digital pianos, as the price goes up the main factors that change are:
- Keyboard Action
- Speaker Quality
- Sound Sampling
- Range/Depth of Technology
So, what are the differences in these two keyboards? I want to talk about the things that are most important to the customers who come into Popplers Music. Consider this a broad overview of what matters most. For a detailed chart on all the specifications for each keyboard, please click on the blue hyperlinks below that will guide you to Yamaha’s website for more detailed information. For now, let’s keep it simple!
*About Polyphony: Polyphony is just music technology jargon. 🙃 In other words, if you’re playing a massive arpeggio up the keyboard at a fast rate with the sustain pedal held down, the keyboard can only capture up to 64 of those notes at one time with the P-45. As a piano player gets more advanced, the number of notes that can be captured becomes much more important. The P-125 would obviously be a better choice for more advanced players.
Food for Thought:
GHS Action: The P-125 has a more dynamic range of loud and soft tones and also has a bit more resistance in the key response.
The piano sounds that are sampled refer to the actual sounds that are produced within the keyboard. Yamaha’s sampled sounds in the P-125 are much more comparable to Yamaha’s finest concert grand pianos than those of the P-45.
Switching sounds and commands on the P-45 is quite easy, too. Simply press the “Function” button and simultaneously press the note on the keyboard that corresponds with the sound or function (such as adding a metronome) you would like to access. The P-125 has buttons on the top panel for easy and quick accessibility.
And that’s about it! This is a simplified, “in-a-nutshell” comparison between Yamaha’s two most affordable 88-key weighted action keyboards, and I hope this helps you in your decision-making process! If you are looking for an inexpensive keyboard, but want a great sound and a great value, Yamaha has sure made it easy for you!
We sure hope this helps you make an educated decision and find the perfect piano for YOU! Popplers Music has locations in North Dakota and South Dakota, and we work with musicians and educators all around the country. If you are in the region of either of our store locations, we invite you to stop on in and visit us! If you are located somewhere else in the country, we invite you to check out our online piano store at www.popplerspiano.com.
We offer free shipping on many products, an industry-leading trade-up program, lease options on entry-level digital pianos, and financing on high-end digital/hybrid/acoustic pianos. We also offer direct text support, product warranties, and knowledgeable, friendly staff ready to help you find the piano that best suits your needs so you can enjoy a lifetime of music-making! Learn more at www.popplerspiano.com or give us a call!Barb Weidenaar | Sioux Falls Piano Department
Josh Gratton | Grand Forks Piano Department, Manager
Popplers Music Locations:1726 S Washington St S5, Grand Forks, ND 58201
1119 W 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105